by Ben Adsett
In just over a decade 2000Trees has gone from a small scale new music festival to one of the jewels in the massive festival circuit crown. The line-up is seemingly impossible for a festival which is so small and intimate and every year the lineup just gets better. This year is no exception, with Slaves, Lower Than Atlantis and Deaf Havana amongst a wonderful diverse line up hitting the stages at Upcote Farm in Cheltenham this July 6th, 7th and 8th. With so many great acts at the top of the bill it is easy to forget that this is a festival that guarantees that you will find your new favourite band.
So to kick off our look ahead to this year’s festival Ben Adsett brings you Part 1 of his 2000Trees Festival Preview.
You spoke, they listened…
The willingness to listen to the audience is impressive and almost unheard of at events of this size, so high fives all round to the staff that make this festival happen every year. Last year there was some criticism of the lack of female artists within the line-up – this criticism has clearly been taken on board and the powers that be have made amendments. There are some incredible acts with powerful and talented women on this line up and these five acts (of many) will be sure to blow you away:
Recent EP, Are You Sure is solid gold – with hooks and singalong choruses throughout, it’s a release that feels like the start of something huge and makes any opportunity to see them live even more important. If that’s not enough to convince you; dreamy indie pop in a sunny field in the afternoon, get me there now and throw in something cold to drink.
These three provide well considered punk rock with musical and lyrical intelligence valued equally. This combines with a well-polished live style to create one of the strongest live acts in the UK right now. 2016 was a massive year for the Exeter trio and in and amongst the plethora of ‘next big things’ appearing at 2000Trees this year you would be hard pressed not to stick them on the top of the pile.
“For me it is really important to play in really safe, feminism friendly spaces, I really love that. But I really enjoy laying into a load of dudes at some shows – it’s just fun” – Ren Aldridge, Petrol Girls.
Brash and political, gender and equality are a large part of what Petrol Girls are about. Their infamous and confrontational live performances added to the cathartic emotion on show promises to create one of the big talking points of this years festival.
Doe are a very clever three-piece, they combine incredibly personal song writing with angular musicianship to create emotive moments they control from start to finish. Doe reside in a magic middle ground between grunge, pop, indie and emo creating individuality and accessibility in equal measure.
Honest lyrics and a knack for writing hook laden indie/power pop have taken Personal Best a long way as a live act. During this journey they continue to develop as writers and performers – 2000Trees will be the best time you can possibly see them play until the next time you see them play!
Unless you’re particularly well stocked, the dreaded festival lag is never far away. The best remedy will always be loud music, and these five band’s do loud incredibly well…
Rolo Tomassi are quite simply one of the most individual bands in the UK. The brother sister dynamic at the front of the stage creates so much presence it almost wouldn’t matter what they were playing, but it does and they play some of the most bafflingly complex hardcore you can hear complex, beautiful and brutal.
Employed to Serve
This year has been huge for Employed To Serve. Their sophomore album, The Warmth of a Dying Sun is a game changer. It’s an uncompromising combination of dark heaviness and powerful everything vocals, riffs and drums…. everything!
This band are truly all conquering.
Giants will deliver a short sharp shock in the early afternoon sun, after a year of relentless touring they have developed into a destructive force on the stage. Their hardcore skate punk combination is as catchy as it is abrasive and this will certainly be a set to really get the blood pumping.
Svalbard will be an intense way to blow away the morning cobwebs, every song will be loud, fast and they will be coming at you at a relentless pace. The interesting thing here will be the attention to detail there are moments of inspired complexity hidden away in the venomous sound.
Feed The Rhino
It doesn’t matter how awake you are, Feed The Rhino will wake you up further. The combination of adrenalin, fear and sweat will be sure to create a memory. There are very few acts that create a sense of such chaos and excitement with such a high technical ability. This is going to get wild!
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